9 Practical Things You Can Do To Help Save The Bees

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In case you’ve somehow missed it: The bees are dying and yes, it’s something we should all care a lot about, because bees are IMPORTANT.

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We have bees to thank for around one-third of the world’s food supply, including avocados, almonds, onions, and a whole lot of fruits and vegetables that would be extremely missed if they were to disappear.

But in the past year alone, US beekeepers have reported that 40% of their hives have died unexpectedly, possibly partly due to erratic weather conditions that are a result of climate change. Other threats to bee populations include habitat loss, pesticides and herbicides, monoculture (where farmers only grow a single crop at a time), and disease.

While it’s good to know that a decline in bees populations is troubling, it’s even better to know how you can actually make a difference to this pretty terrifying situation. So, I spoke to James C. Nieh, professor of ecology, behavior, and evolution at UCSD, and Amanda Shaw, beekeeper at Waggle Works, about what we can do to help save the bees.

6. If you have a backyard or large garden, consider building yourself a bee hotel.

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One of the reasons our native bee population is declining is due to habitat loss, and bee hotels – basically, any space designed to home native solitary bees – go a long way to help populations recover, said Shaw. “It can be something as simple as a coffee can fixed to the fence with some reed tubes in it, or a more elaborate setup with bricks, logs with holes drilled into them, reed tubes, and lots of nooks and crannies.”

You can also buy a hanging bee hotel from Amazon for $24.99.

Now, get out there and save some bees!